March 2005

March 2005 Block

Irish Eyes

Tips & Hints

Our March friendship block is an original block with an Irish Chain feel. We are using dark and light green print fabrics. Try to find something from your stash. The only required fabric is Kona Snow for the background and the signature patch.

Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:

24 1/2" x 4 1/2"Kona Snow
322 1/2" x 2 1/2"Kona Snow
122 1/2" x 2 1/2"Light Green Print
202 1/2" x 2 1/2"Dark Green Print

You may do this block by sewing little squares of Kona Snow and green together or by cutting 2 1/2" strips of Kona Snow and your green prints, sewing a Kona and green strip together, pressing toward the green and then sub-cutting into 2 1/2" units.

Once you have your sets of Kona and green, sew a light green and Kona unit to another one, like a checkerboard. Press the seam to one side, or open, whichever you prefer. Make one more for the first block and another two for the second block. Using the dark green and Kona units, sew two together, like a checkerboard. Make another three for the first block and four more for the second block. Sew a dark green and Kona unit to a light green and Kona unit, as before. Make one more for the first block. Make two more for the second block.

Lay your small four-patch units from the previous step in rows, matching the block graphic above. Sew a light green and Kona unit on the left side of a dark green and Kona unit and a dark green-light green Kona unit to the right side. This is the first row. Repeat for the second block. For the second row, sew a dark green and Kona unit to the sides of the Kona 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square. Press toward the square. For the third row repeat the instructions for the first row (once for the first block and once for the second block), but you will rotate it so the light green square is in the lower left corner. See block graphic above for correct placement. Sew the three rows together. Repeat for the second block.

Remember to label your blocks with at least your name (city, state, and email address are optional) on the BACK of your block. This may be a piece of paper tacked on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seam allowance. No straight pins, please. Safety pins are okay. Just be sure to label them in some way. This ensures that you get credit for your blocks and lets the winner know who made each block. This is not optional.

If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo). You will be making TWO blocks for March. Blocks will be due to Patty by the last week of March. Please mail your blocks by March 21st so that your blocks will arrive on time. You must be current with your blocks to be in the drawing.

March 2005 Quilt